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NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis Announces the Second Season of “Saturday Salon” Series

Frank Hammel • News • May 3, 2021

Grammy Award-winning Pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis announced the second season of the monthly online performance series, “Saturday Salon,” on StageIt, presented by Ariel Investments.

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Grammy Award-winning pianist and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis continues his live streaming ticketed solo performances with a second season of twelve shows announced for 2021. The “Saturday Salon” sponsored by Ariel Investments will take place on the last Saturday of every month and feature a 60-minute performance at 1:00 PM Central Time. Tickets are $20 per show and on sale at

Lewis will provide audiences with an exclusive concert experience streaming on Stageit. The ticketed online platform, StageIt, is one of the most respected platforms in the business and is being utilized by artists such as GRAMMY Award-nominees Sara Bareilles and Rage Against The Machine/Springsteen collaborator Tom Morello, recent Golden Globe “Best Original Song” winner Common, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Daryl Hall and GRAMMY Award-winner Jason Mraz. StageIt recently held their first awards show called the Stagies. Ramsey Lewis won a Lifetime Achievement award and was also nominated for Artist of the Year.

Ramsey Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award

A portion of the proceeds from each performance will benefit The Jazz Foundation of America. The JFA is one of the leading non-profit organizations focused on aiding jazz musicians in this international time of need. Every aspect of the music industry has been impacted by COVID-19 and the JFA is focused on providing much needed emergency, health, housing and job assistance to jazz musicians who have lost a large portion of their income due to a lack of live performances.

Ramsey recently said, “Throughout my career people have always been there to help me. Now that I’ve retired from touring, my wife Jan and I thought since I’m still playing everyday anyway why not share it with my fans and help those in need.”

Ramsey Lewis Saturday Salon 2021 Schedule of Shows

May 29 – The Incurable Romantic – Ramsey has always been an artist who lives and philosophizes love and romanticism. He has swooned us for decades with song and this show features some of his all time favorite love songs of his and other artists.

June 26 – Songs From Black Orpheus And Other Movie Themes – Black Orpheus won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1960. Equally memorable was the soundtrack album, which featured the music of two of Brazil’s top composers, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa. In this show Ramsey plays his interpretations of his favorite songs from the soundtrack and other movie themes.

July 31 – The Beatles Songbook Volume II – The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with estimated sales of over 600 million records worldwide. Their music has captivated generations. Now three time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis returns with an exciting new show celebrating some of the greatest songs ever written by The Beatles. The songs were carefully chosen from The Beatles catalogue for their instrumentation and arrangements to be seamlessly intertwined with extraordinary piano brilliance of NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis.

August 28 – Funky Serenity – Funky Serenity was well received by critics who called the album an essential album from Ramsey Lewis. It finds him combining elements of blues, funk, gospel, pop, soul and even briefly, a hint of avant-garde. However, Funky Serenity was also a reminder of why Ramsey Lewis was one of the most successful jazz pianists of his generation. The single Kufanya Mapenzi (Making Love) is classic Ramsey Lewis.

September 25 – An Hour With Ramsey Lewis – Released in 1959, An Hour with the Ramsey Lewis Trio was considered a landmark album. It was one of the first records ever to have a total running time of nearly an hour, instead of the standard half an hour that was common to most albums from that period. In this show Ramsey packs his classic hits and deep cuts into 60 glorious minutes.

October 30 – In Love With Love – For lovers only, Ramsey explores the greatest human emotion in this show of the most beautiful love songs.

November 27 – Frankly Sentimental – Ramsey Lewis plays Frank Sinatra love songs. Ramsey’s Sinatra show spans Ol’ Blue Eyes’ amazing career and doesn’t leave a single viewer with a dry eye.

December 24 (special Friday edition) – More Sounds Of Christmas – For this performance Ramsey revisits his classic Holiday record More Sounds Of Christmas. One of the best-selling Christmas jazz albums with his classic trio of Redd Holt and Eldee Young who serve up a tight set of grooves based around Holiday favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Sleigh Ride,” and Lewis’ “Christmas Blues”

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